Luanda overview

Despite her low altitude, Luanda has a surprisingly low humidity, while temperature is stable all year round.

Although the capital city is still recovering from the wars which ravaged the country since the 1970s, the onset of the 21st century has witnessed big boom in construction following peace and the sense of stability which has brought in many foreign investors.

Luanda was founded by families of settlers and soldiers in 1575 as Säo Paaulo de Loanda. By the late 16th century, Luanda had become the main port from where Brazil-bound slaves departed. 1844 saw the opening of the city’s port to foreign ships which resulted in a major boom following the end of slavery 1836. By 1972, Luanda had acquired the tag “Paris of Africa.”

Located on the Atlantic coast, Luanda is divided into ten municipalities, and it offers so much to do and lots more to see. From historical landmarks, like chapels-turned-museums where slaves were baptized before being taken away, to vantage spots where you can indulge in whale watching, surfing and other interesting activities.

In 2012, Luanda was rated the most expensive city in the world, retaining the honors the following year.

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Luanda is a bright and beautiful port city with a rich history spanning centuries and decades. Start your odyssey by pausing to soak up a bit of the Atlantic at the Ilha de Luanda - a narrow peninsula stretching into the mainland, forming the Luanda Bay. A stone-throw from here is the presidential palace and the Igreja (Church) de Jesus, and Downtown a.k.a Baixa de Luanda, which features colonial-era buildings. Enjoy amazing views of the vast landscape from any of the cliffs at Miradouro da Lua. The stunning sights can only be captured in one word: Wow! Sitting majestically on Chicala road is the highly revered Mausoleum of Agostinho Neto, Angola’s founding father. Other places worth visiting are the Museum of Slavery, the Museum of Armed Forces and the Museum of Anthropology Port of Luanda building (with its tall clock tower and the famous pink Banco de Angola, which is lit up by floodlights at night).
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Food and Drinks in Luanda

Local specialties include Calulu (dried fish or meat layered with fresh fish or meat, onion, tomatoes, okra and sweet potato leaves), Farofa (cooked manioc flour) and Mufete de Cacuso (fish seasoned with pepper and lemon). Wine, spirits and beers are available at all times.

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